Programs and materials to support us during this challenging time
We are grateful to our community members who are gathering resources that will support us during this time. Please check back regularly as we will be updating resources as we learn of new opportunities.
Opportunities will be added here as they become available.
AARP Friendly Voice: Connecting People to People
11 Little Things To Do When You're Feeling Lonely During The Holidays
Senior Reassurance Program for SKOKIE residents over 65. The Skokie Human Services staff have created a new Senior Reassurance Program for Skokie residents age 65 and over. The program goal is to provide a safe haven to seniors that helps decrease their isolation during these difficult times, especially during the winter months, and promotes a weekly connection through:
- Technical skills training on how to use a computer, Zoom, etc.
- Zoom and phone conversations on local/world news, history, books and more
- Home visits when necessary
- Delivery of care packages with directory information, toiletries, non-perishable foods and more
The program is free, and donations to the program are welcome in the form of books, toiletries, non-perishable foods/snacks (boxed or canned, please), small gifts, games, light bulbs, cleaning supplies, etc. No clothing, please.
For more information on signing up for the program or on how to make a donation, please call Skokie Human Services staff members Sabine Gourgue or Dee Zmich at 847/933-8252 or email ..
Mental Health Resources
Individual Therapy: (Services of Beth Emet members)
Harvey Kelber, LCPC, Counselor
Wilmette, IL, 60091 | Psychology Today
Renee Siegel, LCSW
Offering individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults
Contact: 847 370 7248
YWCA RISE: Children’s Center
Address: 300 S. Ashland, Suite 301, Chicago, Illinois 60607
RISE provides specialized client-centered services to victims of sexual abuse or assault who are between 3 and 17 years old. Therapists provide trauma-focused services using a variety of methods including art and play therapy and other creative and expressive outlets. Sexual abuse impacts the entire family, so the YWCA takes a holistic approach to counseling, offering services to non-offending family members in addition to the child victim(s). Services are free of charge.
Contact: Veronica Alarcon-Castaneda 312-733-2102 ext. 2 or email
IDHS Help is Here: Talk to Someone
The Illinois Department of Human Services's Hotline and website are available to any residents seeking support. They are particularly suited for food, medical, shelter, and recovery needs. They are also available for those who are seeking help at home or are looking to talk to someone.
Contact: 1-833-2-FIND-HELP (1-833-234-6343)
The Parenting Institute at Northwestern University
Access the extensive Library and Resources here
Here are ways to preserve warmth despite episodes of conflict with your teenager:
- Resist the contagion of your teen’s negativity. Meet their sourness with positivity, perhaps even an ounce of humor.
- Don’t withhold affection. Circle back after unpleasantness with a smile, a hug, an offer of a snack.
- Compliment them for something positive within their conflict style — for the skill of asserting their needs and wants, for the courage to speak their truth —whatever you can salvage from a difficult entanglement.
- Use empathic listening (see Trusting Emotions) so they experience the satisfaction of feeling accurately seen and heard by you.
- Restate their point of view in your own words with care and sensitivity, even if you don’t agree with it, so they know that understanding their perspective is important to you.
- Don’t delay in clearing the air; hold no grudge. Offer sincere amends for any poor behavior on your part, and tell them if their words hurt your feelings (see Emotional Honesty) so they have an opportunity to make amends to you.
Address: 2231 Lakeside Drive, Bannockburn, IL
Willow House is a non-profit organization dedicated to the needs of grieving children and their families. We are recognized as a leader in the field of children’s grief locally and nationally. Peer support group services are provided in four locations, Arlington Heights, Chicago, Libertyville and Riverwoods, with plans to expand to additional sites in the future. In the past 15 years, Willow House has provided direct services to hundreds of families each year including the families of 911. Thousands more have been served by community outreach programs that span the entire Chicago region, from far south suburbs of Chicago to the Wisconsin border and beyond.
Contact: Sandi Lovejoy at 847-236-9300 or email
Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center
Address: 518 Davis St., Evanston, IL 60201
The Barr-Harris Children's Grief Center serves children and families who have suffered the loss of a loved one through death, divorce, or abandonment. It provides diagnostic evaluations, short or long-term therapeutic treatment if necessary. Barr-Harris provides parent guidance and support to other family members. It provides telephone consultations for those seeking immediate response to a loss or crisis.
Resources for Individuals with Disabilities and those that Provide Support
Eating Disorder Support Groups
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
Address: 220 N Green Street, Chicago, IL 60607- ph- 630-577-1333
The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. (ANAD) is a non-profit organization working in the areas of support, awareness, advocacy, referral, education, and prevention. ANAD is the oldest organization aimed at fighting eating disorders in the United States. ANAD assists people struggling with eating disorders and also provides resources for families, schools and the eating disorder community. ANAD has a variety of support groups in Evanston, Chicago, and the surrounding suburbs for people recovering from an eating disorder.
Contact: Go to anad.org and enter your zipcode, and find a support group that works for you.
Trevor Lifeline- Crisis hotline available 24/7- Call 866-488-7386 any day or time
Trevor Text- Text “Trevor” to 202-304-1200- Crisis text line available Monday - Friday 2-9 pm
LGBTQ National Youth Talkline 1-800-246-PRIDE- Peer support line for LGBTQ youth ages 25 and under. Available Monday thru Friday 3-11 pm and Saturday 11-4 pm
Youth Job Services
Youth Job Center
Address: 1114 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201-3604- ph- 847-864-5627
The YJC prepares job seekers ages 14 through 25 for success in the workplace. We provide job readiness, placement and employment support in partnership with employers. We have a number of exciting programs! Our "Odd Jobs" program connects job seekers with local employers and a number of nontraditional jobs including babysitting, lawn care, computer assistance and much more.
Contact: Diana Balitaan at 847-424-7873 or
The Evanston Care Network: Free and low cost resources including food, housing, childcare, and more.
Food Accessibility and Assistance: Food pantries, SNAP assistance, prepared/delivered meals, etc:
Evanston community organizations and resources for health, childcare, families, etc.
Food Resources in Evanston
“That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief,” Scott Berinato, 2020, Harvard Business Review
Family Decision Making 2020
CJE SeniorLife- Interactive daily virtual activities including talks, book clubs, music, cooking, movement, the arts, etc.
AARP Illinois Events/Calendar
Steppin Out Adventures: Virtual World Travel
Goodman Theatre- Community conversations, virtual performances, for the theater goer who can no longer go.
The Forward- News that Matters to American Jews. Book Discussion Club--open to all. Each month a book of fiction relating to something Jewish is chosen. Members come from all over the world. Fascinating open discussion.
“The Psychology Behind Donald Trump's Unwavering Support” by Bobby Azarian (2016)
Evanston Public Library- Information about arts organizations, religious institutions, clubs and groups, and more.
Resource List on Covid-19 and re-opening in Illinois
Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD) has developed a COVID-19 resource page on their website with links to information to help keep all Illinois residents, especially families, providers, and those who support children, informed during this difficult time. Be sure to check for weekly updates and additions, as the situation in the state can change quickly, and tools and resources are being added all the time.